Writing Wednesday: Other Books on Writing

I thought I’d put together a list of other books I haven’t mentioned yet. These don’t necessarily fit into the other categories, but are still very useful and great books.

Booklife by Jeff Vandermeer

How to Write A Great Query Letter v Noah Lukeman

How to Land (And Keep) A Literary Agent by Noah Lukeman

On Writing by Stephen King

Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


August Mid-Month Update

So I’ve been having a really good month so far!  I’ve read five books so far!

First, I finished re-reading and annotating Truthwitch in preparation for the #witchlandsreadathon (more info on that here) beginning in October.  I loved the book just as much this time as I have previous reads of it.

Next, I read an ARC of Toil and Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft, which comes out on August 28th.  I enjoyed it a great deal, and am looking forward to writing the review for it (expect that early next week!)

I’ve read the first of my Rick Riordan books for the month; this time it was The Red Pyramid.  The Kane Chronicles introduces an entirely new cast of characters, and explores Egyptian mythology rather than Greek/Roman.  I enjoyed it, though I think I would have liked it better if I had read the series after the Percy Jackson series but before the Heroes of Olympus.  So far, The House of Hades remains my favorite Rick Riordan novel to date.

I read both Vicious and This Savage Song by VE Schwab, both stellar five-star reads.  Here’s my exciting news for the month: I’m actually going to Victoria Schwab’s release party for City of Ghosts in Nashville on August 28th!  I’m going to be MEETING HER. And getting alllllllll of my Schwab books signed.  So, obviously, in the meantime I have to read everything I can by her.

I’m really excited about going to Nashville.  I have never been, and its going to be a reaaaaaaally LONG 9-hour car trip, but I’m going with my mom and we’re gonna have a blast.  We’re driving down on the 27th, and planning on going line-dancing at the Wildhorse Saloon that night.  When I was a kid, we used to watch the dancing lessons the Wildhorse Saloon Show did on CMT, so that’s going to be awesome.  The morning of the 28th, we’re going to hit up downtown Nashville, see the Johnny Cash museum and the Country Music Walk of Fame, and then have a picnic lunch at Bicentennial park and see the Parthenon (I’ve got a few pictures in mind that I wanna take while we’re there!).  Then it’s the VE Schwab signing, and back to our campground.  The next morning we’ll see the Grand Ole Opry museum and maybe see about stopping in at the American Picker’s store, and then driving back home.

I’ve got a lot of books left to read this month, but I’m feeling really good and can’t wait for what’s to come.  I hope y’all are having just as much fun this month!

Until next time.

Book Review: More Happy Than Not

19542841Title: More Happy Than Not
Series: N/A
Author: Adam Silvera
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Publisher: Soho Teen
Date Published: 06/02/2015
Date Started: 6/08/2018
Date Finished: 6/10/2018
Pages: 295 pages

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (From GoodReads): Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.

As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?

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Writing Wednesday: Books on Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is one of the hardest parts of creating a book (especially if you are like me and write fantasy). Thankfully there are lots of resources out there to help! My best personal advice is to try not to get overwhelmed, which is easier said than done.

First: Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: How to Create Out-of-this-World Novels and Short Stories, edited by Writer’s Digest Books. This features several different authors, including Jay Lake and Philip Athans. It also features almost the entirety of Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy without supporting him directly.

Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer

The Urban Setting Thesaurus and The Rural Setting Thesaurus, both by Angela Ackerman

How to Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion by Edmund R. Schubert

The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy Series:

Alchemy with Words by Darin Park

The Opus Magnus by Tee Morris

The Author’s Grimoire by Valerie Griswold-Ford

Also, books like What If There Were Two Moons are very useful. As is The Resurrectionist by EB Hudspeth, which contains drawings of what the anatomy of various mythical creatures might have looked like. Don’t limit yourself to books aimed at writers when it comes to world building! Art books, photography, science books, all of these are great places for inspiration.

Book Review: The Dangerous Art of Blending In

32797600Title: The Dangerous Art of Blending In
Series: N/A
Author: Angelo Surmelis
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Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date Published: 01/30/2018
Date Started: 6/07/2018
Date Finished: 6/07/2018
Pages: 336 pages

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Overall Rating: 2.6 Stars

Summary (From GoodReads): Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos doesn’t know where he fits in. His strict Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend Henry has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer.

Tired, isolated, scared—Evan’s only escape is drawing in an abandoned church that feels as lonely as he is. And, yes, he kissed one guy over the summer. But it’s his best friend Henry who’s now proving to be irresistible. It’s Henry who suddenly seems interested in being more than friends. And it’s Henry who makes him believe that he’s more than his mother’s harsh words and terrifying abuse. But as things with Henry heat up, and his mother’s abuse escalates, Evan has to decide how to find his voice in a world where he has survived so long by avoiding attention at all costs.

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